Investigation completed in county inmate's death

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— The investigation examining an inmate who apparently hanged himself at the Routt County Jail is complete, the lead investigator said Thursday.
Steamboat Springs Detective Robert DelValle, along with two investigators from the Routt County Sheriff's Office, have been investigating the Oct. 29 hanging of Jared Wayne Maynard since Oct. 30.
"The investigation is essentially complete," DelValle said. "Once we have a conference with the district attorney, then we will issue a final report."
DelValle, along with Routt County Coroner Doug Allen, are expected to meet with Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James to review the investigation and medical reports regarding Maynard, who died Oct. 31.
St. James will "review the investigation and determine if any Colorado statutes have been violated that would require criminal charges to be filed," DelValle said.
The meeting with St. James has not yet been scheduled, but the detective believes the meeting will occur in the next few days.
"If he feels added investigation is needed, we will do it," DelValle said of St. James. "But if he feels the investigation is complete, hopefully we will be able to release the report within 10 to seven days."
St. James prosecuted Maynard and argued the 20-year-old man needed to be sentenced to jail during an Oct. 26 sentencing hearing.
District Judge Joel S. Thompson sentenced Maynard to 18 months in the county jail and placed him on four years of probation.
Maynard hanged himself in the jail, four days after he began serving the jail sentence for stealing a city ambulance and assaulting a paramedic.
Maynard was found not breathing, but medical personnel were able to stabilize the man.
He was taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center and then flown to Denver.
Maynard died at the Denver Health Medical Center Oct. 31 after life support measures were removed at the request of the family.
Maynard apparently hanged himself with a bed linen by tying the linen to a second-floor railing outside his jail cell.
Jail cells remain open during the daytime so inmates can access the commons areas on the first and second floors.
Next to Maynard's cell, a staircase leads to the first floor.
Maynard was sentenced to the jail term for his actions in the early morning hours of Aug. 28 at Colorado Mountain College.
Maynard, who had not been able to post bond, had been in jail close to 60 days.
DelValle and the investigators have been handling the investigation of the hanging because of an agreement the office has with other law enforcement agencies in Grant, Routt, Moffat and Jackson counties.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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